Amsterdam Marathon: Top Runners to Follow in Sunday's Race

Steven Gerwel@Steve_GerContributor IIIOctober 20, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 14:  Competitors run through the city during the 2012 Melbourne Marathon on October 14, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Since 1975, the Amsterdam Marathon has been an annual race that garners attention due to being held in one of Europe's premier cities. 

The race distance is just over 42 kilometers (approximately 26 miles), and the current course record was set in 2010 by Getu Feleke, who had a final time of two hours, five minutes and 44 seconds. 

The 2011 race featured four racers who finished with times in the top 10 all-time, but none of the times were fast enough to unseat Feleke. 

The 37th annual race will take place on Sunday, October 21, 2012.

The race can be viewed over a live stream on the marathon's official website

If you plan on following the event, here are several racers to keep your eye on throughout the marathon.


Wilson Chebet 

Ethiopian Wilson Chebet finished with the second-best time in the 2010 race, finishing only behind Getu Feleke, who set the course record that year. 

Chebet's second-place time was good for the fifth-best time in the marathon's history at 2:06:12. 

Chebet is the favorite entering the race and has a realistic shot at winning.


Peter Kirui

The 24-year-old Kenyan Peter Kirui's personal record is 2:06:31, which would be good for top 10 all-time in the Amsterdam Marathon. 

Kirui is a better half marathon runner, where he has a personal record of 59:39, although he still has the talent to be considered a serious threat. 


Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot

Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot is a 24-year-old Kenyan who has won the Boston Marathon on two occasions, including his 2010 victory that resulted in a personal record of 2:05:52. 

If he can match that personal record in Amsterdam, it would be good for the second-best time in the race's history and would be eight seconds shy of the all-time record 

Needless to say, he has a legitimate shot at winning.